Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
© 2009 Tracy Borders
It's journal time again :) I just love making journals & this one was for a co-worker of mine. I call this one "Faux Leather". It's actually made from modeling paste that I have hand rubbed in MANY layers of Golden Fluid Acrylics' Iridescent Micaceous Iron Oxide, Interference Oxide Green & Iridescent Bright Gold. (It's a very good thing that the paint washes off your hands very easily, what a mess, which I'm a pro at making!!)
As for sealing this piece, it could probably float in a bath tub of water for over a month (but please don't try it) this journal has at least 7 layers of Golden's Polymer Medium on the surface. I had a small issue with 3 tiny cracks when I was finished with the journal & I wanted to make sure that the cracks were painted & sealed well & they still worked well within the journal.
The interior, I painted canvas with the same Golden Acrylics & sealed it (only once) with the Polymer Medium. I'm not sure I'd use the canvas again as it was a little stiff & didn't want to cooperate well when it was folded over to be closed. I made the removable note pad that fits inside the journal. Still not sure what I'm going to do with over 250 binding wires cut in half, which makes me now 500 binding wires, but hey I got a great deal on them & that's totally ANOTHER story!!
As for the closure, I always seem to get hung up on the finishing details of a piece. I was happy with what I ended up using. The co-worker I made this for, needed it to open very easily & she didn't want to have to mess around with a cord that would have been wrapped around the journal & the button a few times, so I used elastic cord. It was easy to create, opens quickly with it & it doesn't detract from the journal overall.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I added some dyed gradations of bamboo poplin to my Etsy store. They're a 9-step gradation using Procion Dyes. For the set above, I used a deep navy.
kimbuktu Etsy store, did a trade with me for some of this fabric & she made the MOST beautiful bag from my fabric. I told her, if I didn't already have one of her beautiful quilted bags, that this one would be mine!! I have a feeling, this bag might sell pretty quickly!
This was dyed with Turkish Red. Kym also received some of this color but her's was dyed with cotton muslin. Check out her bag she made with this fabric. LOVE those squiggles :). It's so nice to see what someone else can do with the fabric that you've dyed. Thanks Kym!!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
So after the business part was done, Adriana was off to check out the shop.
Possibly something in red?
Look at all the pretty ribbon.
I like the gray wristlet.
Look at all the pretty wallets.
Laura's pretty handbags.
Are you related to my momma?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
© 2009 Tracy Borders
© 2009 Tracy Borders
(That's my friend modeling her new bag.) I vowed after I made this one, that if I wanted one for myself, that I would buy one. Maybe, after I've been away from it for awhile, I might go back & try to make one for myself out of bamboo, NOT velveteen or raw silk!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Don't you dare!!
Look no hands!!
Let me bind for you.
She finally calmed down & spent the rest of the day at my desk.
Hangin' out with mom at her desk.
I'm going to Laura Bee Designs tomorrow to pick up a handbag, I had Laura custom make for me & yes it's green, I can hardly wait!!! Maybe Adriana will come along & check things out!
I can't wait to show you my new handbag, TRUST me, I'll be blogging about it next week!!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
When you get the chance, check out her Etsy store, she has some really nice pieces!
Monday, February 9, 2009
I subscribe to their monthly newsletter, like I'm sure some of you do. In their newsletter, you can see below where they have sections for Featured Artists, new catalogs, sales & new items just added to their store.
As I was reading at the bottom of the screen, in tiny, tiny print, they mentioned that if anyone had used their products in finished pieces, to please email them & they might include those photos on their website. Since I do most of my hand dyeing on their bamboo poplin, I sent them photos of 3 different pieces. Within 15 minutes, Sam from Dharma emailed me & said that they would love to have me as a Featured Artist in their newsletter & will be featured on their home page!!! I was & STILL am SO excited, I still get goose bumps just thinking about it!!
So, come April, those that subscribe to Dharma's monthly emailed newsletter, you'll see me as one of their featured artists!!!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Look ma, no hands!!
Adriana, you've been here one day & have already
found the liquor cabinet, will have to keep an eye on you!
Mom, is this for me?
Matisse, my bengal, was kind enough to introduce himself to his new sister the night that she arrived. (I think Adriana was a little nervous.)
I cannot wait to take her with me in May, we have plans to visit Vatican City & Adriana wants to see the Coliseum (me too!!)
I hope to post Adriana's adventures here every Friday, so check back & see what's she's been getting herself into. She just went to the office with me yesterday & had a wonderful time. I'll post those pics next Friday. Here's a small sample of what I caught her doing.
Adriana, don't you dare!!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
If you're wondering what type of bondaweb was used, I used the fairly inexpensive, thin type that's sold at JoAnn fabrics. I've talked to others that have tried this technique & discovered that they had problems with thicker & yes older, bondaweb that they had laying around in their studios for awhile. Apparently, they had problems with it not completely releasing from the backing paper.
As I stated before, I think this will probably be my last project with painted bondaweb. Handling the bondaweb, from removing the paper backing after applying the fused Angelina Fibers to weaving the strips required great patience & total relaxation on my part. It's quite fragile to work with, so I found myself walking away during the weaving process a few times just to relax myself & to calm down :)
Think I'll just happily go back to how I like to use it...............for bonding one fabric to another :)